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Former NNS Inspector Plead Guilty to Falsely Certifying Welds



A Suffolk man pleaded guilty today to making a false statement in a matter within the jurisdiction of the United States. According to court documents, in November 2012, Joseph Powell, 29, was hired by Newport News Shipbuilding to be a Non-Destructive Test (NDT) Inspector, in Newport News. As an NDT Inspector, Powell performed weld inspections on vessels such as Virginia Class Submarines and Aircraft Carriers.